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Reports: Giants adding Bret Bielema to defensive coaching staff

The coaching staff is filling up

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Bret Bielema
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The coaching staff news is coming fast and furious for the New York Giants as evening settles here on this Tuesday. On the heels of reports that Jerome Henderson will coach the team’s defensive backs, Ian Rapoport was first to report that the Giants are adding Bret Bielema to their defensive coaching staff.

Per Rapoport, Bielema’s exact role on the staff has yet to be defined.

Bielema was formerly head coach at Wisconsin and Arkansas, compiling a 97-58 record with 10 bowl appearances in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

He was part of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots staff the past two seasons, thus the connection to Giants coach Joe Judge. Bielema was a consultant to Belichick in 2018 and took on defensive line coaching responsibilities in 2019.

There was some thought that Bielema would be a candidate for the Giants’ defensive coordinator post before it went to Patrick Graham.

Assistant coaches

Offensive coordinator — Jason Garrett
Defensive coordinator/assistant head coach — Patrick Graham
Special teams coordinator — Thomas McGaughey
Offensive line —
Running backs — Burton Burns [reported]
Tight ends —
Wide receivers — Tyke Tolbert [reported]
Quarterbacks — Jerry Schuplinski [reported]
Defensive line —
Linebackers —
Defensive backs — Jerome Henderson [reported]
Special teams assistant — Tom Quinn
Defensive assistant [role not yet known] — Bret Bielema